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Keyshawn Johnson ‘heartbroken’ over death of daughter Maia

Former Jets star wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson said Monday that his oldest daughter, Maia, had died.

She was 25.

Johnson, who is currently a football analyst and morning radio host for ESPN, did not reveal the cause of death.

“Maia, as my first born child, has been the joy of my, and her Mother Shikiri’s, life,” the 48-year-old Johnson wrote on Twitter. “She came into our lives just as we were both coming of age as adults and has been a constant beloved presence for both of us. We are heartbroken and devastated by her loss.”

Johnson and Shikiri Hightower were married from 1998-2002. They also have a son, Keyshawn Johnson Jr., who is 22 years old.

Johnson has three younger children — London, Shyla and Vance — with current wife Jennifer Conrad.

A former USC star and the first-overall pick in the 1996 NFL Draft, Johnson spent four impressive seasons with the Jets before failed contract negotiations led to him being traded to the Buccaneers.

Johnson played a key role in Tampa winning Super Bowl XXXVII. He retired in 2006 after stints with the Panthers and Cowboys, and joined ESPN a year later.


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